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  1. W.E.B. Du Bois African American Poetry January 22, 2013

  2. Early Life • William Edward Burghardt Du Bois was born on February 23, 1868 in Great Barrington, Mass. • His parents were Alfred and Silvina • Shortly after Du Bois’s birth his father left, leaving his mother to raise him in the New England area.

  3. Education • In 1885, Du Bois won a scholarship to Fisk University, the country’s preeminent black University where he developed an interest in African American history. • He received a bachelor’s degree from Fisk University in 1885. • Du Bois’s travels to the South is where he first experienced Southern racism, which encompassed Jim Crow laws, bigotry, and lynchings.

  4. Education cont.… • After receiving a bachelor’s degree from Fisk, Du Bois attended Harvard (which did not accept course credits from Fisk) from 1888-1890. • In 1890, Harvard awarded Du Bois his second bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in history.

  5. Education cont.… • In 1892, Du Bois attended the university of Berlin for graduate work. • After returning from Europe, Du Bois completed his graduate studies; in 1895 he was the first African American to earn a Ph. D from Harvard.

  6. Career • Du Bois taught sociology at the University of Pennsylvania and economics and history at Atlanta University in Georgia.

  7. Career cont.… • In 1909 Du Bois co-founded the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, NAACP; he severed as its director of publicity and research and the editor of its magazine, The Crisis.